Steve Martin, Martin Short plan Sioux City appearance in 2018

November 13, 2017

Steve Martin will return to the Orpheum Theatre May 19 and bring comedian Martin Short with him.

Tickets for the show will go on sale Nov. 17 at the Tyson Events Center Box Office, online at OrpheumLive.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849.

Last in Sioux City in 2012, when he performed bluegrass with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin will present a more wide-ranging show that will include film, comedy, music and, yes, an appearance by the Steep Canyon Rangers. Also on the bill: jazz pianist Jeff Babko, who is also a member of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” band.

The show, which has been touring the country, is called “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.”

For Martin and Short, who appeared together in the films “Father of the Bride” and “Three Amigos,” it’s a comedy reunion enabling them to share memories from decades in all forms of media.

Martin, whose latest play, “Meteor Shower,” opens later this month on Broadway, was nominated for a Tony Award for his musical “Bright Star.” He received an honorary Academy Award as well and has garnered Grammys for comedy, bluegrass and American Roots music.

His frequent bluegrass partners, the Steep Canyon Rangers, are also Grammy winners, and appear with him on his latest release, “The Long-Awaited Album.”

“I am so excited to be playing Sioux City,” Martin said in a release. “Marty is excited, too, but I believe I’m more excited. So my applause should be just a little bit more than Marty’s.”

Not to be outdone, Short said he also was excited about the date. “There are very few people in show business that I truly admire and Steve Martin is very close to being one of them.”

In addition to starring in films and on Broadway (where he won a Tony for his performance), Short most recently was seen in the live production of “Hairspray” on NBC. He had a long run in “SCTV” (where he created many of his classic characters) and an acclaimed season of “Saturday Night Live.”

Martin and Short have been friends for years, often appearing on awards shows together. The tour, however, is their first stage collaboration.

The May 19 show will begin at 7:30 p.m.